Top Winter Treks-Nag Tibba Trek,Dayara Bugyal Trek,Kedarkantha Trek,Chopta Chandrashila trek,Kuari Pass Trek in Uttarakhand
Winter trekking in the Himalayas is worth a try if you have never done it. The fresh snow, the enormous white meadows, dried maple, pine and oak leaves, and intense weather are unforgettable memories of winter treks in India. Moreover, it is an unmeasured fun to peg snowballs on your kith and kins.
1. Nag Tibba Trek.
Altitude: 3020 meters
Base camp: Pantwari
No. of Days: 2 to 3
Nag Tibba trek is a manageable terrain but offers one of the sumptuous and wondrous views. Nag Tibba is a low altitude peak located in the northeast of Mussoorie. Reaching Dehradun from Delhi, it is a 3 to 4 hours drive to the base camp of Pantwari. From Pantwari, we trek to fascinating Kathian campsite. The next day we head to summit this easier peak. The weather throughout the trek is cold while the temperature can drop below -10 degrees owing to the season.
Nag Tibba is the highest peak of the Nag Tibba range in Garhwal Himalaya. The other two ranges are Dhauladhar and PirPanjal. The summit of the peak offers a wholesome view of snow-capped and mighty peaks. The view comprises of the Dhauladhar range in the west to the Nanda Devi range in the east.
Nag tibba region is also very well known for the goat village. The area is called goat village because it undertakes goat farming and other agro practices in order to develop a sustainable livelihood for the locals.
2. Dayara Bugyal Trek.
Altitude: 3657 meters
Base camp: Barsu
No. of Days: 3 to 4
Dayara Bugyal trek is exclusively known for its elegant and expansive alpine meadows. The route offers one of the exotic Rhododendrons, Pine, Maple, and Oak forests. At the same time, during the winter, when the weather is cold and snowfall is wild, the same zone is covered in snow. It looks spooky snow-white. Moreover, it is altogether a pretty sight to click endless selfies and landscapes.
From Dehradun, reaching Barsu is an approximately 6 hours drive. One of the easy-moderate treks of Uttarakhand, Dayara Bugyal offers jaw-dropping views of fantastic peaks. Shrikanth, Draupadi ka Danda, Jaonli, Bhagirathi, Bandarponch and many more comprise the list. In addition, Dodital trek could also be coupled with Dayara Bugyal as the Dodital is located in the same region.
3. Kedarkantha Trek.
Altitude: 3810 meters
Base camp: Sankri
No. of Days: 5 to 6
Winter Kedarkantha Trek is one of the most popular treks in India. Owing to the extreme cold weather throughout the beautiful campsites, the trek definitely needs you to be well prepared with your gear. Kedarkantha trek not only delivers a thrill to summit the peak but also lets you enjoy the easy terrain until the Kedarkantha base. The first camp of Juda ka talab lends you to camp along this lake that could be fully or partially frozen during winters. The temperature drops until -15 degrees or more during the nights. Make sure you carry your thermals to keep you warm during the sleep.
The Kedarkantha height and terrain are easier at the beginning while the summit push is exactly the thrill that you are waiting to feel the rush. Moreover, the 7 to 8 hours drive from Dehradun to Sankri is experiential because of the exotic pine forest.
4. Chopta Chandrashila trek.
Altitude: 3950 meters(Chandrashila Peak)
Base camp: Sari
No. of Days: 5
This is a power-packed Chopta Chandrashila Deorital trek that lets you worship the great Lord Shiva at the Tungnath temple. The temple is one of the highest located shrines. While you tread through the snowy terrains, you pass the Deorital, an amazing lake for a stopover, to summit the Chandrashila peak. The Chandrashila peak height makes it is an easy, enjoyable, and doable winter trek of Himalaya. At the same time, the Chandrashila temperature is pleasant in summers and extremely chilly during winters. Do not forget to pack your bags with gloves and mufflers.
The drive to quaint Sari village from Rishikesh or Dehradun is of 7 to 8 hours. After having camped at Deorital, we trek towards Rohini Bugyal and Chopta. From here one could have a glimpse of Chandrashila peak while basking in the mind-blowing white and pink rhododendrons zone. Although this trek is done throughout the year, you can undoubtedly join us for the winter.
5. Kuari Pass Trek.
Altitude: 3820 metres
Base camp: Joshimath
No. of Days: 6
Also popularly known as the Curzon trail, Kuari Pass trek will present you with incredible views of Nandadevi, Dunagiri, Chaukhamba massif, Neelkanth, Mana, Kameth, Trishul and many other Himalayan peaks. While you trek, you could also have glimpses of grand Nandadevi National park and Rishi Ganga gorge. In addition, to summit the Pangarchula peak, the comfortable terrain of the Kuari pass is chosen. The Pangarchulla peak height is 15,049 feet. The seasoned trekkers could opt for this trek!
Dehradun to Joshimath is a 9 hours long tenuous drive. As you trek up to the beautiful campsites, you will find ancient forests of Rhododendrons and Oak, en route. This is an easy trek and so very much recommended for the first-timers. What better than indulging your leisure time exploring the beauties of nature! Let it be Kuari pass winter trek then. Moreover, the pleasant and cold weather is all ready to welcome you to have an unforgettable adventure.
The Himalaya Shelter team will be glad to guide you through these stunning winter treks of Himalaya, this season. Pack your rucksack and embark on the most adventurous journey of your life!
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